Newsletter – 4th December

Events this week…

Tuesday – Infant Concert at 10.00am

Wednesday – Rocksteady Concert at 10.15am and buckets on the gate for the Rights Ambassadors’ Christmas Appeal

Thursday – Y3 PAC Maths at 9.00am and Y2 Shakespeare workshops celebration at 2.15pm in the lower hall.

Friday – Y1 Shakespeare workshops celebration at 2:15pm in the lower hall and Y4 Winter bake sale

Curriculum news

Right of the Month

Allia (Y6) writes: This month’s right is the right to healthy and nutritious food (Article 24).  I have chosen this right because I want to make people more aware of how important it is. Without nutritious food you can become seriously ill and even die. Millions of people all around the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. This includes some people living in our own communities, so we would like to encourage everyone to help change this. You can help by making a donation to the food bank in school, which is situated in the corridor near the bottom hall. It is especially important for everyone to be able to access the right to nutritious food at this time of year, when the weather is particularly cold and people are looking forward to celebrating the festive season.

Rights Ambassador’s Christmas Appeal

Following on from the launch of our Rights Ambassador’s Christmas appeal to support the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, please don’t forget that you have until this Friday to complete your sponsored event and bring in forms and money to the office by this Friday. We are also going to be collecting donations on the gates on Wednesday – please give generously.

Shakespeare Assembly

Last Friday, Adam (Ezra and Anna’s dad) led an assembly on the life of William Shakespeare and shared with us his 3 favourite plays – Much ado about Nothing, King Lear and The Tempest. Here are 3 interesting facts which he shared with us about Shakespeare: 1. William came from an ordinary background (his parents were glovers) and he loved to read. 2. He started out as an actor and one of his first roles was to play the ghost of Hamlet’s father in Hamlet. 3. The last play which he wrote by himself was The Tempest. It is thought that parallels can be drawn between the character of The Wizard and himself. The assembly was really interesting and informative.

Shakespeare performances

This week, years 1 and 2 will be sharing their final outcomes from this half term’s Shakespeare project. Do come along to the lower hall at 2.15pm on Thursday (Y2) and Friday (Y1) to find out what they have been learning about in The Tempest.

Heads up – EYFS and KS1 Phonics Information Session for Parents  – 10th January 2018

​On Wednesday 10th January at 9am in the bottom hall, Katherine and Laurel will be hosting a session for parents to learn about Brookfield’s approach to Phonics.  If you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, please do come along to learn about Phonics and how we teach it.  The presentation will be the same as  last year, but please do feel join us again if you would like a refresher training!  Coffee and tea will be provided after the session.​ Younger siblings are welcome and a play area in the hall will be provided.

If you are unable to attend, handout and slides will be made available on the school website.

Other news 

Winter Fair

Many thanks to all those who attended Saturday’s Winter Fair. The Winter Fair was a resounding success and raised approximately £5000 – a fantastic outcome! Highlights included: visiting Santa’s grotto, live acts on the stage, delicious refreshments, the gingerbread competition, sleigh rides around the block and the Christmas market stall. A big thank you extends to Victoria Knowles for overseeing the event, the vast team of helpers who played their part in setting up, packing away and running the stalls, Ali, Tabitha and other parents who created produce for The Christmas Market and Camden Brewery for donating 2 kegs of beer. It was an amazing community effort!

Raffle Prizes 

If you haven’t collected your raffle prize yet, please see Sophie in the office.


Sports news

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to all the parents from ball sports for their understanding last week and a huge apology to those that didn’t get the message!.

The Y4 bench ball A team came 3rd (semi finalists) and the B team were 2nd (runners up in the final!). It was a fantastic effort from both teams, demonstrating the Brookfield team spirit, honesty and good old fashioned grit! We are so proud! (The trophy cabinet is starting to look like someone over indulging in festive pies!) .

In the new year we will be teaching dance with an end of unit performance for parents during your child’s PE lesson. Letters will be sent next term.

Trials for the swimming gala will commence in January and letters will be sent next term with trial dates. These will take place on a Monday and children must be able to swim 25m. Years 4 and 3 will have their trials during swimming lessons.

*Y4 continue swimming in January and Y3 will start after the February half term. Letters will be sent closer to the time.

Our mixed Y5 football team compete in the final round of league matches and could win the league if they continue with their Liverpool esq form!

Tomorrow is also a big night for the Y5 and Y6 football teams; the boys can jump in to the top end of the league and the girls can get a strong grip on retaining the title they have won the past two years! We finish tomorrow at Talacre by 4.20pm and will be back to school by 5pm. We need the Brookfield family to really get behind our teams and support them!

What a great turn out for the first wake ‘n’ shake session in the KS1 playground last Friday. I pulled off a few extra moves for the launch so need a week to recover! KS2’s session has been moved to next Friday 15th Dec to send us all off on our holidays with a bounce in our step!

The Y5 boys Sport4All football friendlies will be next Wednesday 13th December after school.

Finally, please can parents ensure that they label PE kits!

Exercise is a celebration for what your body can do and not a punishment for what you ate – wise old Haseeb. 

Clubs news

Sign up letters were given out on Friday for next half term. Please return your reply slips by this Wednesday 6th December.

News from the office

Parent Governor Election

We are delighted to announce that Mike Yule has been re-elected as a parent governor – congratulations!  Mike will continue to act as vice chair of governors and a member of the LAC committee.

Half term lunches

This half-term’s lunches are £84.

Christmas dinner – Wednesday 13th December 

If your child usually has a packed lunch and you would like them to have a Christmas dinner, please let the office know by Friday 8th December.

School Places 

We currently have places in Nursery, Reception, Y3, Y4 and Y5. If you have family or friends who may be interested, please ask them to call 020 7272 9627, visit the school office or website.

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter for all the latest school news and updates! @Brookfield_N19 


Thanks also to the many local business who contributed to the fair:

Owl Book Shop Kentish Town
Pizza East Highgate road
Tesco Swains Lane
Gail’s Swains Lane
Ruby Violet Tufnell Park
Eeny Meeny Tufnell Park
Meat NW5 Tufnell Park
Map Gift Shop Junction Road
Cricks Cafe Dartmouth Park Hill
Tufnell Park Pest Control
Pro Touch SA Football Academy
London Zoo
Flying Dutchman Bikes NW1
Camden Town Brewery
Pines and Needles

The Star Pub Chester road
Spoke Cafe Holloway Road

Pines and Needles are opening a New Christmas Tree pop up shop at St John’s Upper Holloway, 738 Holloway Rd, N19, 8am – 9pm. Use code UHOL17 to get a free gift with your tree.





***Xmas drinks***

A reminder to join us at 8pm this Thursday 7th December at the Star. This is not just for reps – all are welcome!

***Year 4 bake sale***

This Friday 8th December – including a chance to buy mistletoe!

Eliane and Lucie, PTA joint chairs